As the moon rises on this crisp autumn night, there's a silence in the air. Like an electric current has been sucked out of the atmosphere in a vacuum. Our hearts have dropped. The forward motion of existence goes on, but it will never be the same.
This is just one of millions of stories being discussed tonight over phone lines, television sets and the Internet. But, we all share the same thoughts and memories. Many have already covered this, but we would be remiss if we at Tech Talk didn't say farewell.
Tonight, we say goodbye to Steve Jobs, a man who meant so much to so many people. Sure, he was the driving force behind a company that moved technology forward, but to me, he was a symbol of what life could be...should be.
As a Silicon Valley native, Jobs meant so much more than just the co-founder of Apple. He was a symbol of where a dream can take you. When Apple released its first computer, the Apple I, in July of 1976, the Silicon Valley was a string of sleepy suburbs and orchards. Now, it is home to world-changing innovation. Jobs played a role in that.
There are so few people in the world who chase a dream so vigorously, who have a vision so beyond heaven and earth and actualized the impossible.
As we say goodbye to a man whose legacy will resonate for generations to come, we want to pay tribute to his sense of adventure. It wasn't just about creating a beautiful product or revolutionizing technology.
Steve Jobs was on a personal journey to explore and discover all the wonders of the world he lived in. His curiosity, passion and vision for creating his own reality were what enabled him to push the boundaries. He inspired us to create our own rhythm, dream beyond our imagination and demand excellence.
"We don't get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we've chosen to do with our life," he told Fortune Magazine in 2008.
And, he did exactly that.
In that spirit, we leave you with a tribute the man himself approved.
"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently - they're not fond of rules...You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things...They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Apple "Think Different" commercial
Thank you, Steve.